Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story 5

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story
Book Review: Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story by Sally Cronin   To be honest, I am not a pet person. I think the only pet most people should be allowed is a tapeworm. It goes where you go, eats when you eat, and never bothers the neighbours. It’s not I don’t like animals. I love ...

The Highgate Vampire 8

The Highgate Vampire
  Sadly the legend of the Highgate Vampire is just that. It was invented by two adventurers out to make a name, and stirred up by local and national press coverage. Disappointing I know, but as Robert Louis Stevenson said, ‘It is better to travel hopefully than arrive’. At least I think it was him, ...

Dun Shoppin’ 6

Dun Shoppin’
  Napoleon Bonaparte famously dismissed the British as a ‘Nation of Shopkeepers’. Or as he put it, ‘L’Angleterre est un nation de boutiquiers.’ One can imagine the insouciant sneer on his curled lip, the nonchalant Gallic shrug, the sharp exhalation of steel blue smoke before the Gauloises is impatiently stubbed into the muddy earth beneath ...

The Do-nut in Grannie’s Greenhouse 16

The Do-nut in Grannie’s Greenhouse
  Unlike Otto Titzling, or even Herr Bustenhalter, the mythical inventors of the modern bra, Thomas Crapper was a real person; a plumber who opened a London bathroom fittings factory and warehouse in 1861. The quality of his porcelain ware gained him recognition in a rapidly modernising society. But it was the future Edward VI ...

Bullies 15

Bullies
    Extract from Thomas the Rhymer Chapter 6: Yesterday upon the Stair Reaching the park Jack began to feel nervous in case the beautiful lady appeared, or worse, the tramp. Sensing his discomfort, Catherine was sympathetic, “Jack, we do not have to go this way.” “What do you mean?” he asked defensively. “Nobody would ...
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